BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS


BANGLADESH-TANNERIES — Heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says. By Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam. SENT: 1,600 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also moved. With BANGLADESH TANNERIES-RESPONSES — Western brands respond to report on Bangladesh tanneries (sent).

SKOREA-FERRY SALVAGE-RIFT — As a corroded ferry is being lifted from the waters where it sank three years ago, many question whether the ship's recovery can help heal South Korea's divide over its sinking. The effort has become political fodder after the president's removal from office and could harden the divide. By Hyung-jin Kim. Sent 780 words, photos. With SKOREA-FERRY SALVAGE — Ferry loaded onto semi-submersible vessel, an especially difficult step in the recovery. Sent.

HONG KONG-NEW LEADER-CANDIDATES — Hong Kong's next leader will be chosen Sunday by an election committee stacked with pro-Beijing elites who heed the wishes of China's communist leaders rather than voters. A closer look at the candidates. By KELVIN CHAN. Sent 540 words, photos.


CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pull their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor when it becomes clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. By Erica Werner and Alan Fram. Sent 940 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Just two months in, President Trump's presidency is perilously adrift. The ambitious agenda he vowed to quickly muscle through has now been blocked by both Congress and the courts, and his first foray into legislating ended with the crushing failure to win fellow Republicans' support for a health care bill. An AP News Analysis. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Sent 800 words.

SINGAPORE-US-TEEN ASYLUM SEEKER — A U.S. immigration judge granted asylum to a Singapore teen whose online posts criticizing his government landed him in jail. By Sophia Tareen. Sent 600 words, photos.

SANCTIONS — The Trump administration announced sanctions against 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China and North Korea, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity. By Vivian Salama. Sent 240 words.

TRAVEL BAN LAWSUIT — A U.S. judge issued a sweeping ruling affirming the president's authority to issue a travel ban. By Matthew Barakat. Sent 540 words.

BRITAIN-ATTACK —Twice convicted of violent crimes, the London attacker spent years behind bars and gained a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper. By Paisley Dodds. Sent 1,200 words.

UNITED NATIONS-PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS — The UN peacekeeping chief says he expects the missions in Haiti, Ivory Coast and Liberia to end by March 2018 which will save hundreds of millions of dollars. By Edith M. Lederer. Sent 540 words.

FILM-GAY MOMENTS — A hug, a wink, a dance, a non-answer — these are the so-called gay moments in a handful of recent studio movies that have sparked both rapturous celebration and startling backlash. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. Sent 910 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PRINCE GEORGE — Kensington Palace says Prince George will attend the Thomas's Battersea prep school in September. Sent 130 words, photos.



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Updated : 2021-04-18 08:50 GMT+08:00